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If you're lucky enough to live in the ever exciting San Francisco Bay area, you should take an afternoon to visit the textile exhibit To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color It's been up since July and runs until January 9, 2011. If you're at all  interested in historical textiles and various cultural fabrics, [...]

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Who doesn't love a good contest, right?  It motivates, inspires, and promotes a healthy dose of competition.  With that in mind, someone sent me an email about a Color Contest being put on by How Design and Print Magazine and I thought I would pass it along to you. What's it all about? Submit the [...]

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Yes, I'm interested in textiles and you're interested in textiles but it's not exactly mainstream. It's not really an industry that you see highlighted on regular basis unless you perpetually watch the DIY Network or the Style channel, right?   So when I came across this video by Nokia, I just had to share it [...]

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Today, while cleaning out an overstuffed shelf,  I came across an old issue of Textile Insight Magazine dated November/December 2009.  Thumbing through it, I started to read an article called "10 Top Trends Worth Watching in the Year Ahead".   Focusing on the textile industry, the staff compiled a list of what they thought would [...]

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While I absolutely love living in New York it's sometimes quite a bummer to know that it's not always possible to just pick up and go to the various exciting, inspiring, and resourceful textile and fashion related shows that happen in other parts of the country.  Yes, I get the basic gist of things through [...]

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I found a link to "The Delights of Turkey' Textile Industry Tour . Apparently, it's a week long event that has taken place in Istanbul for the past six years. I guess that means it's successful, huh? The tour "enables buyers to conveniently explore the advantages of sourcing ...from the strong textile economy of Turkey".

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Recently, while chatting with a friend and fellow textile-folk, I started to think about country of origin. I, personally, tend to deal in fabrics that were born in countries like Korea and Japan while she works most often with cloth from the likes of India and China. As our discussion continued, we discovered that we each have our own opinions and ideas of what various countries have to offer.

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I have never taken advantage of one of the major resources this show has to offer: Seminars! Have you all seen this list? It's quite impressive. It covers everything from Sourcing Solutions to Eco Marketing Trends. So take a look at what they're offering, register, and make a day(or two) of it.

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How many of you fabric businesses, both big and small, are embracing things like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or StumbleUpon? How much of your day is spent connecting with fellow industry pros on LinkedIn? Are you utilizing new media to spread your message and attain new customers? Has your website adopted user-generated content? Are you taking photos of your events and posting them on Flickr for all to see and enjoy?

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Textile Holiday Tours is a company based in the United Kingdom that hosts tours of the country’s rich history in textiles. You are given the opportunity to discover, appreciate and be inspired by historic and contemporary fabrics, in stately homes, churches, cathedrals, castles, cottages and studios across the UK.

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